As a photographer, Leela is looking for the in-between moments, the details and the emotion of places, people or things. She spent over a decade as a stylist so her work is carefully constructed, layered with personality, but always has a feeling of freedom and joy. Growing up around a table of creatives — her father a photographer, mother a writer — Leela is a synthesis of her family. Be it bright and splashy or sultry and cool, she creates a mood with story-telling top of mind. Clients big and small are able to fully express their vision with her lens and attention. Leela has a love of the imperfect, seeking to bring a human element to every campaign. Her abilities are broad — from interiors/architecture, to product, food and lifestyle. When she’s not making pictures or in the studio she’s playing with her two young children dreaming up their next adventure.
Leela’s client roster includes Toyota, Sonos, Campari UGG, Hoka, Willow, Seavees, Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy and the NYTimes among others.
Leela has also authored and photographed 4 of her own books, Food with Friends, Tasting Hygge, Cooking Up Trouble and Styling for Instagram.
Contact at Leela@leelacyd.com
INSTAGRAM -- @leelacyd